|About the Book|
The Columbia Journalism Reviews Second Read series features distinguished journalists revisiting key works of reportage. Launched in 2004 by John Palattella, who was then editor of the magazines book section, the series also allows authorsMoreThe Columbia Journalism Reviews Second Read series features distinguished journalists revisiting key works of reportage. Launched in 2004 by John Palattella, who was then editor of the magazines book section, the series also allows authors address such ongoing concerns as the conflict between narrative flair and accurate reporting, the legacy of New Journalism, the need for reporters to question their political assumptions, the limitations of participatory journalism, and the temptation to substitute truthiness for hard, challenging fact. Representing a wide range of views, Second Read embodies the diversity and dynamism of contemporary nonfiction while offering fresh perspectives on works by Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, Rachel Carson, and Gabriel Garc?a M?rquez, among others. It also highlights pivotal moments and movements in journalism as well as the innovations of award-winning writers.Essays include Rick Perlstein on Paul Cowans The Tribes of America- Nicholson Baker on Daniel Defoes A Journal of the Plague Year- Dale Maharidge on James Agees Let Us Now Praise Famous Men- Marla Cone on Rachel Carsons Silent Spring- Ben Yagoda on Walter Bernsteins Keep Your Head Down- Ted Conover on Stanley Booths The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones- Jack Shafer on Tom Wolfes The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test- Connie Schultz on Michael Herrs Dispatches- Michael Shapiro on Cornelius Ryans The Longest Day- Douglas McCollam on John McPhees Annals of the Former World- Tom Piazza on Norman Mailers Armies of the Night- Thomas Mallon on William Manchesters The Death of a President- Miles Corwin on Gabriel Garc?a M?rquezs The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor- David Ulin on Joan Didions Slouching Toward Bethlehem- and Claire Dederer on Betty MacDonalds Anybody Can Do Anything.